The shipping industry’s Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has elected Cargill group lawyer Ann Shazell as its chair and Synergy Group chief executive Rajesh Unni as vice chair.

Shazell is the group lead lawyer for Cargill Ocean Transportation’s business specialising in all aspects of maritime law.

She has been a member of the MACN board since 2019 and replaces John Sypnowich, who has stepped down as chair after four years in the role.

Unni is the founder and chief of leading ship-management company Synergy.

Martin Krafft, vice president of fleet management at Fednav, has also joined the board.

Welcoming Shazell and Unni to the roles, MACN chief executive Cecilia Muller Torbrand said: “Both are recognised industry leaders with strong skillsets.”

She added that Sypnowich, who is chief legal and compliance officer of Canadian bulk shipping company The CSL Group, has helped lead MACN through a period of extraordinary achievement and growth.

Shazell said she is looking forward to furthering MACN’s aims to rule out corruption across shipping.

“This is an exciting time for MACN with the growth of our membership, the expansion of our collective action work and HelpDesk support network, and the development and launch of our Global Port Integrity Platform,” Shazell said.

Unni added: “Ridding shipping of corruption must be a core objective as we become an even more transparent and sustainable industry.”

Sypnowich said he believed MACN was in safe hands to build on its success.